Report European Press Prize 2021

Upheavals in politics and society in Central and Eastern Europe at the heart of the European Press Prize

From Russia to Poland, from Hungary to Belarus, the winners of the 2021 European Press Prize edition discuss brilliantly and in depth the issues that shake their country. The winners were announced on 3 June.

Published on 3 June 2021 at 12:05

Now in its ninth year, the European Press Prize commends and awards excellence in journalism in 47 countries in Europe during a time when, unfortunately, the quality of journalistic reporting is becoming more and more difficult to maintain due to pressures brought about by a changing market and the fragility of press freedom.

There are four  categories: Distinguished Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Innovation and Opinion. Because of the current events in Belarus, the jury decided to exceptionally award the Belarusian journalists for their work that was carried out in politically hostile and unsafe conditions.

"I have spent a lot of time completely absorbed by these pieces. So many brave, creative, innovative and talented projects on this year's European Press Prize shortlist. All of them terrific – it was difficult to decide," commented Alan Rusbridger, chair of the panel of judges.

This year’s winners come from different countries in Central and Eastern Europe -- with the exception of Maldita (a piece from Spain, which won the Innovation Award). Their articles talk about the political and social issues that shook their respective countries:

The 2021 panel of judges was composed of Alan Rusbridger (former editor-in-chief of the Guardian), Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (of Süddeutsche Zeitung), Juan Luis Sánchez (of, Sylvie Kauffmann (of Le Monde) and Sheila Sitalsing (of De Volkskrant)

Based in Amsterdam, the award was created in 2012 by seven European media foundations (The Guardian Foundation, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jyllands-Posten Foundation, Politiken Foundation, Media Development Investment Fund, Vereniging Veronica and Stichting Democratie en Media. The Irish Times Trust Limited, Agora SA and the Luminate organisation were added in 2015, 2017 and 2020 respectively).

Listen to the Road to ereb podcast episode where host Alexander Damiano Ricci talks with our Editor-in-chief Gian-Paolo Accardo about the collaboration between Voxeurop and the European Press Prize, and the coverage of news from Belarus and Central and Eastern Europe in general in Western European news media:

Listen to "Ep 4 - A chat with Gianpaolo Accardo (ed. in chief Voxeurop), Angelo Boccato & Alessandro Mariscalco (Post Brexit News Explosion)" on Spreaker.
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